Schools and Systems of Distinction

Accreditation from Cognia is a valuable mark of distinction recognized around the world. Each year, Cognia identifies schools and systems that best exemplify excellence in education and stand out in their service to learners, based on the results of our rigorous accreditation process.

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Recognizing excellence in education

In 2021, Cognia initiated its Schools of Distinction award program. Across the world, educators dedicate themselves to maximizing opportunities for learners. The Schools of Distinction award recognizes schools and systems that truly stand out in their service to learners.

Many members of the Cognia global network seek accreditation from Cognia, which is earned as the result of extensive internal preparation and a review by a team of outside educators. Cognia’s Performance Standards for accreditation are based on ever-expanding research and understanding of learning, and define high-quality education for today’s world. Once an institution is accredited, it engages in similar preparation and review every six years to maintain that designation.

Cognia congratulates the schools and systems listed below for demonstrating excellence in meeting the Cognia Performance Standards during their 2022–2023 accreditation reviews, thus earning the 2023 Schools/Systems of Distinction award. Each of these schools or systems effectively implements high-quality instruction, shows consistent organizational effectiveness, and maintains a commitment to continuous improvement. These institutions demonstrate energetic and sustained commitment to learners.

Cognia is a true partner in education! Working together for 25+ years with K–12 schools, we’ve always appreciated that Cognia helps our schools evolve and continuously improve.”
Christine McGuinn
Director Education Projects & Quality Assurance
Miami, FL

2023 Schools and Systems of Distinction

Al Hamraa International School

Saudi Arabia

Al-Kon International School (Global International School)

Saudi Arabia

Al-Noor School

New York, USA

Auburn City Board of Education

Alabama, USA

Bartow County School System

Georgia, USA

Cathedral-Carmel School

Louisiana, USA

Catholic High School

Louisiana, USA

Centerville-Abington Community Schools

Indiana, USA

Cumbres International School Toluca/Prepa Anáhuac


Divine Academy

Florida, USA

DoDEA Europe East


Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School

Florida, USA

Duneland School Corporation

Indiana, USA

Elmore County Board of Education

Alabama, USA

GEMS International School Cairo


Good Shepherd Elementary

Kansas, USA

Ideaventions Academy for Mathematics and Sciences

Virginia, USA

IVY International Schools


Jawahir Al-Riyadh International School

Saudi Arabia

Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc.

Florida, USA

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